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Memorial Exhibit Opens This Week

Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
November, 1985

Entitled "Day of a Playwright - Rod Serling" a new permanent exhibit at the Broome County Center For The Performing Arts will be officially opened Thursday Nov. 21. The exhibit of over 100 items, photos and memorabilia is designed to be an archive and resource center on the life and works of one of Binghamton s favorite sons. In addition a special 30 minute audio-visual presentation will also be available for public viewing. The memorial exhibit will be dedicated at the Forum during an opening reception Thursday Nov. 21 from 7.30-9:30 p.m. Tickets for the reception will be available at the door and cost $15 per person. The display will be open to the public free of charge Friday Nov.22 from 9-9 p.m. Saturday Nov. 23 from 9-9 p.m., and Sunday Nov. 24 from noon-9 p.m. For more information on the Rod Serling Memorial Exhibit call 723-9481.


Serling exhibit opens

by GENE GREY Arts Reporter
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
November 22, 1985

An exhibit of photos and artifacts celebrating the career of the late television and motion picture writer Rod Serling opened last night at The Forum, 228 Washington SC, Binghamton, and will become a permanent fixture at the performing arts center.

The display will be open to the public, free of charge, today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.

Serling, who lived in Binghamton from the age of 7 until he became a paratrooper during World War II, created many ­landmark plays during the golden age of television. He also created the series The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery, and wrote several screenplays.

He died at age 50 in June 1975 after undergoing heart surgery in Rochester. At the time, he was a visiting professor at Ithaca College.

The exhibit was termed a "beachhead" in the eventual goal of getting The Forum named after the playwright, said Binghamton attorney David G. Steams, chairman of the Rod Serling Memorial Committee.

Steams said the committee understands that the original agreements made by those who organized The Forum prohibited naming the building after any individual or for any specific purpose.

"We understand and will honor those commitments and will honor them, but times may change," Stearns sand. In his introductory remarks he quoted former Binghamton High School teacher Helen M. Foley as saying "at least we have the walls now."

Foley was Serling's teacher and has been a longtime booster of a Serling memorial. She is the committee's creative director.

Because of start-up costs for the exhibition, Steams said he expects the committee will be about $3,500 in debt, but they hope to raise further funds through donations and grants.

The exhibit, titled Day of a Playwright, includes numerous photos of Serling and the highlights of his career, from the time he attended Binghamton High School, through his impressive career in television and motion pictures.

Also included as part of the display is a 30-minute video documentary featuring rare interview footage of Setting and scenes from a Twilight Zone episode that recalled his boyhood in Binghamton.

It was prepared by committee member Robert D. Rosenbaum, with the cooperation of the Serling Archives at Ithaca College, and using the production facilities and staff of WSKG, Public Television, Binghamton.